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2011-06-16 12:20:21

If parents do just 5 things to safeguard their kids' health: Dust, use green cleaning products, do renos carefully, avoid certain plastics, serve low-mercury fish Leading Canadian health and environmental experts today issued a list of the top five ways parents can protect their children from toxic substances in and around the home. Controlling house dust; switching to less-toxic, fragrance-free cleaners; taking extreme care with renovation projects; avoiding certain types and uses of...

2011-04-19 19:26:00

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A special-interest group consisting of the American Chemistry Council; the Chlorine Institute, Inc.; The Fertilizer Institute; and PPG Industries, Inc., filed a complaint before the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) seeking to halt implementation of enhanced safety measures applying to transportation of chlorine and other toxic and poisonous commodities on the Alabama Gulf Coast Railway (AGR) and other railroads operated by...

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2011-03-01 12:00:00

Topping the Forbes list of toxic cities in the US, Philadelphia comes out just ahead of Bakersfield and Fresno, California, according to a new study that looked at air and water quality in metropolitan areas. New York City and Baton Rouge LA rounded out the top five most toxic cities in the country. "Philadelphia doesn't have great air, but other cities have worst," said Morgan Brennan, of Forbes.com, which conducted the report. "But the Philadelphia area has over 50 Superfund sites, really...

2011-02-24 08:53:00

HOPKINTON, Mass., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALP), today announced that the results of its initial screening efforts under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ToxCast program have been published in the scientific journal Toxicology. Key findings reported include (1) a high level of quality and reproducibility in the dataset allowing for robust statistical analyses, and (2) the role that specific targets in biological pathways could...

2011-01-22 08:52:19

Research shows influence on brain activity while long-term consequences are unclear Around one in four Montrealers take some kind of anti-depressant, and according to new research, the drugs are passing into the waterways and affecting fish. The findings are internationally significant as the city's sewage treatment system is similar to that in use in other major cities, and moreover, it is reputed to be the third largest treatment system in the world. Lead by Dr. S©bastien Sauv© at...

2010-07-28 14:50:27

Threshold value for bisphenol A retained / new data on N-Octyl tin compounds The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area has presented the 2010 list of MAK and BAT values containing new data on 61 substances. These values for the classification of health hazards constituted by work area substances have been adjusted this year. Thus the Commission is using a new conversion...

2009-11-12 08:00:00

Voters want the EPA to be given more power to regulate chemicals WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A poll conducted in August by Lake Research Partners found Americans very concerned with how chemicals are regulated for consumer use in the U.S. The findings come as overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will be introduced soon in both Houses of Congress. Voters are concerned that, under TSCA, chemicals in existence prior to 1976 were grandfathered in to be...

2009-09-29 11:49:36

U.S. scientists say they've found huachansu, a Chinese drug that comes from dried toad venom, had tolerable toxicity levels and may slow cancer progression. Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center say they've found the venom secreted by the skin glands of toads has tolerable toxicity levels, even at doses eight times those normally administered. The findings come from a Phase I clinical study, a collaborative research project between M. D. Anderson and Fudan...

2009-07-28 12:14:59

The Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area established by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has issued the MAK and BAT Values List for 2009. This year's list contains 62 changes and new entries.These include revised assessments of nitrogen monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. These gases are produced during combustion processes and thus occur in automobile emissions. Amongst other things, they cause acid...

2009-06-23 15:08:45

U.S. scientists have completed the largest animal toxicology study ever conducted, challenging some concepts concerning cancer-causing compound levels. Oregon State University researchers said their study found acceptable levels of at least one carcinogen may be 500 to 1,500 times higher than currently believed. The scientists said their findings also indicate for many purposes trout may be a superior animal model to laboratory rats, and that traditional methods of assessing carcinogen risk...